Two of the world’s biggest pop stars joined Disclosure for their performances on Saturday night Live this week. Bringing along repeat collaborators Lorde and Sam Smith, the UK duo performed Magnets and Omen from their latest album Caracal.
First up, they performed the Lorde-featuring Magnets, (which has now been re-released as a club-ready remix). The trio stood on a dark stage lit in blue, white and red, as the show paid tribute to Friday night’s attacks in Paris. As these lights faded to red, it lit up to reveal the Lawrence brothers side-by-side on the top part of the stage, with Lorde on a step down, all clad in black. Singing with as much clarity and confidence as the studio recording, the track came to life as she broke into her signature hypnotically quirky dance moves. The production behind her was flawless, of course – it’s safe to say that they’re some of the best live performers in electronic music today.
For Omen, Smith now stood in the place of Lorde on a stage of lit in blue and purple. His back on facing the audience while the duo and the back-up singers played the song’s intro. You could already tell that they were about to give another fantastic performance. As Smith turned on cue and began to sing, you’d think you were listening to the recorded version. While he didn’t dance like Lorde, his vocals were just as strong as they carried the song. The song finished with the lights of the French Flag once again lighting the stage. The sounds of applause said it all.
Their debut SNL performance proved to be a success, just like Sia the previous weekend. There is no doubt that the duo with once again grace the SNL stage at some point in the future.
The Domain, Sydney: Jan 01, 2016 (tickets)
Sydney Opera House, Sydney: Jan 05, 2016 (tickets)
Festival Hall, Melbourne: Jan 06, 2016 (tickets)